Siamo in Venezia

Melissa goes to Venice, risks Stendhal Syndrome…

So, we’re rocking through the Doges Palace museum here in Venice, and the Hieronymus Bosch’s have all been shipped down the … canal, to their own show. Left in the room is another artist’s depiction of hell, which is also very Hiery (if I may be so bold as to call him that) and a Quentin Metsys (1465-1530) called The Mocking of Christ (Il Cristo Diriso), which is an oil painting on wooden board.

What stands out in this painting, is, wait for it… The jewellery. It is exquisitely rendered, and so very un-Roman. They wouldn’t have made pieces like this, and couldn’t have made pieces like this. But, wow, they’re good. Well, the picture is good. I sometimes think it would be nice to produce lovely renderings of jewellery, and if I ever decide that I’m actually going to do it, I’m going to spend more time looking up this Mestys bloke.

In other news, within the Peggy Guggenheim collection, the couple of pieces of Alexander Calder’s works that are on show are very impressive. There’s an image in the gallery of her with some of his earrings on too. Wonder where they are?